The Sabbath day concept is a little tricky for kids to grasp. In a recent Sharing Time lesson about this topic it was obvious the kids didn’t quite have an understanding of the Sabbath day when they answered the question, “What do we do on Sunday?” with things such as: “Only wear a dress,” “Pay our tithing,” “Be nice,” “Don’t drink beer” (It’s OK to drink beer the other 6 days of the week, I guess?). Not once was “Go to church” or “Think about Jesus” ever mentioned.
Everyone has their own interpretation about what it means to keep the Sabbath day holy. Making a list of what one should or should not do on the Sabbath is not very effective and where one family might choose not to watch TV on Sundays, others may. What we can and should teach is the doctrine from the scriptures. And of course, a fun activity to accompany good doctrine always goes a long way with Primary children.
Often, children are more likely to remember something when it’s taught through music! It’s a win-win situation really; it’s more fun and more memorable for the kids and also makes it easier on you!
Here’s an idea for you, compliments of my mother-in-law Cindy who still has her music time visuals from 20 years past. She continues to share wonderful ideas that engaged children back then and still do today!
- Create some simple visuals to go with the lyrics of the song Saturday (see lyrics and visual ideas below).
- Gather a clothesline and clothespins for singing time.
- As you teach the song you can hang up each picture on your clothesline across the front of the Primary room, or call on children to help you do so. You can also add key words to the front of each visual, for your readers.
- As you learn the song you can take down the visuals. Or after the children are familiar with the song you could mix up the visuals and ask the children to put them back on the clothesline in the correct order.
Saturday is a special day (a big smiley face)
It’s the day we get ready for Sunday. ( a picture of a church building)
We clean the house, and we shop at the store, (a picture of a home or a simple drawing of dollar bills, or both)
So we won’t have to work until Monday.
brush (wash) our clothes, and we shine our shoes, (picture of clothing and/or shoes)
And we call it our get-the-work-done day.
Then we trim our nails, and we shampoo our hair, (picture of a nail trimmer, bottle of shampoo, or bathtub)
So we can be ready for Sunday! (another picture of the church)